For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 2007 to 2019. The average value for the USA during that period was 2.48 index points with a minimum of 1.9 index points in 2017 and a maximum of 3 index points in 2008.
The latest value from 2019 is 2.6 index points. For comparison, the world average in 2019 based on 176
countries is 5.90 index points.
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Definition: The State legitimacy indicator considers the representativeness and openness of government and its relationship with its citizenry. The indicator looks at the population’s level of confidence in state institutions and processes, and assesses the effects where that confidence is absent, manifested through mass public demonstrations, sustained civil disobedience, or the rise of armed insurgencies. The higher the value of the index, the lower the country's legitimacy.